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NAIA and Stretch Internet Announce 2016 Spring Video-Streaming Schedule

May 03, 2016
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By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Subscribe to live video streaming) Over 175 hours and nearly 50 games of live content will be available to fans, as the NAIA and Stretch Internet have announced the video-streaming schedule for the 2016 NAIA Spring National Championships. The following seven championship events will offer video and audio streaming on the official video home of the Association at NAIANetwork.com: the NAIA Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse National Invitationals; the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships; the NAIA Men’s & Women’s Tennis National Championships; the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships; the NAIA Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships; the NAIA Softball World Series, presented by Security National Bank and Morningside College; the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series. Click HERE to access NAIANetwork.com.

For the first time in the history of the NAIA, all 14 games of the inaugural NAIA Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse National Invitationals will be streamed live. The event runs from May 4 – 7 in Greenville, S.C., with the women’s quarterfinals scheduled for the first day and the men’s quarterfinals on May 5.

The NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will stream live approximately 29 hours in Gulf Shores, Ala., which runs from May 26 – 28. The production will feature a four-channel feed for the fan to watch separately track events, and field events that include the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin and throws. The dedicated track channel will have a broadcaster to enhance the viewer experience. Unfortunately, due to the difficulties of the course map layout, there will be no stream for the marathon event.

There will be daily video show recaps produced for the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships (May 24-27) and the NAIA Men’s & Women’s Tennis National Championships (May 17-21). This free show will provide interviews, video highlights and graphics, available to the fan by 8 p.m. CDT each day of the event.

For the second-straight year, live coverage of holes No. 1 & 18 will be available to the fan for free at the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in Pooler, Ga., from May 17 – 20. There will be expert commentary, interviews and leaderboard graphics a part of the broadcast.

From May 27 – June 2, the NAIA Softball World Series will occur from Sioux City, Iowa. All 19 championship games are available, with a minimum of three-camera angles in high definition quality.

The first 15 games of the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series will be available for all baseball enthusiasts. Action begins May 27 from Lewiston, Idaho, and fans can watch games through May 31 on the NAIA Network. The final four games, which run from June 1 – 3, are scheduled to be streamed on ESPN3.

The NAIA Network had over 113,000 unique views during the course of the 2014-15 academic year across 16 NAIA National Championships. That viewership was an increase of more than 29% from the previous year. The NAIA Network is dedicated to showcasing all video-related content for the Association, member conferences and institutions – more than 10,000 live and on-demand events this year.

The NAIA Network features instant highlights, live statistics, game archives and high-definition video-streaming available on mobile devices, tablets and laptops. All broadcasts will incorporate multiple-camera angles and expert commentary. The NAIA Network is the official hub for live and on-demand NAIA events for all 23 member conferences and nearly 250 member institutions.

New to the NAIA Network, the NAIA will offer a day subscription on select events. That pricing level will be combined with the “all-tournament” and $75 “all-year” pass. Now, fans have more options to watch the most exciting championship action in small college athletics.

Since its formation more than 12 years ago, Stretch Internet has expanded to provide services for more than 600 colleges and universities, high schools, professional sports organizations and non-sports entities and broadcasts more than 50,000 live events each year. A devotion to utilizing the best streaming technology possible and providing a first-class presentation – backed by the best customer support in the business – have helped Stretch Internet become one of the largest and most respected streaming media specialists in the industry. Based in Gilbert, Ariz., Stretch is the official streaming partner of the NAIA and works with more than 130 members of the organization.

NAIA National Championship Live Video-Streaming Schedule via NAIA Network – 2016 Spring events*
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• Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse National Invitational: May 4 – 7
   o 14 games (7 women; 7 men)
   o $4.95 / day pass; $9.95 / all-tournament pass; $75 / all-season pass
• Women’s Golf National Championships: May 17 – 20
   o 40 hours (approximate)
   o Free, live streaming on holes No. 1 & No. 18
• Men’s & Women’s Tennis National Championships: May 17 – 21
   o Free
   o Daily Show by 8 p.m. CDT
• Men’s Golf National Championships: May 24 – 27
   o Free
   o Daily Show by 8 p.m. CDT
• Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships: May 26 – 28
   o 29 hours (approximate)
   o $14.95 / all-event pass; $75 / all-season pass
• Softball World Series: May 27 – June 2
   o 19 games
   o $9.95 / day pass; $29.95 / all-tournament pass; $75 / all-season pass
• Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series: May 27 – May 31
   o First 15 games through May 31 (June 1 – 3 on ESPN3)
   o $9.95 / day pass; $29.95 / all-tournament pass; $75 / all-season pass

Future coverage of NAIA National Championships will be announced at a later date.

* subject to change

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